Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rebel with a Cause as Tevez Reveals: I Want to Stay at City

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rebel with a Cause as Tevez Reveals: I Want to Stay at City

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

[bar] CARLOS TEVEZ has spent much of the season estranged from his manager but on the day of the most important Manchester derby for many years, the striker claims he wants to stay at Manchester City.

Tevez looked certain to leave City after falling out with Roberto Mancini during a Champions League tie at Bayern Munich in September. Tevez then effectively went on strike before returning to City when a transfer did not happen in January and he has featured in the club's last seven matches after patching things up with Mancini.

City will replace Manchester United at the top of the Premier League on goal difference tonight if they beat Sir Alex Ferguson's team and, hours before the game, Tevez, who joined City in 2009 after two seasons with United, has revealed his remarkable change of heart.

"I want to repay the faith of owner Sheikh Mansour and stay here as long as it takes to make the project a success," said Tevez.

"This club have been building something special for the past few years. It was the project and the dream that made me come to City in the first place.

"I've been here since the start of that project and I share the same vision as Sheikh Mansour.

"My relationship with the manager is totally fine, he has been as good as gold with me and there have been absolutely no problems.

"He wants to win games and be successful and if I can play a part in helping to do that, then that's what I will work hard to do.

"Yes, there has been a lot said and written this season but that's in the past. Everybody at the club shares the same goal; Roberto, me, the other players and all the staff.

"I'm an ambitious person, I want to work hard and win things with City. That's all that matters to me as a player and a person."

City overcame United 6-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season but their chance of winning the title seemed to have disappeared after they lost 1-0 at Arsenal on April 8, allowing United to move eight points clear at the top.

Yet as City rediscovered their form, scoring 12 goals in three successive victories, United wobbled. …

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